Sounders down Chivas USA behind ObaGoal and OwnGoal

Just another clean sheet - USA TODAY Sports

Racking up their fifth win in their last seven league matches the Seattle Sounders were powered by Obafemi Martins, Lamar Neagle and Mauro Rosales on offense while Djimi Traore and Michael Gspurning earned a fourth clean sheet in that stretch.

Tonight's match will be remember for only two things, neither very Seattle Sounders oriented. First was the second goal of the match when Mario de Luna switched jerseys and perfectly placed a Mauro Rosales cross past Dan Kennedy. In case you'd forgotten de Luna is a Chivas USA player. His own goal will make top 10 own goal lists for some time. It could not have been placed better.

There will also be long discussion about the Obafemi Martins Red Card from Ricardo Salazar. In the 71st minute Martins would be entangled with a Goat, get pulled down and while both players were standing up the Red was shown. It is currently listed in the unofficial stats as a Red for "fighting" but that will not stand. There was some contact between a portion of Oba's leg and the Chivas USA player's head, but that occurred while they were falling down, in fact while Martins was pulled down on top of the opposition.

Seattle looked for a few throughballs on the night and the one that connected sprung Obafemi Martins onto goal. Martins would finish the Lamar Neagle pass with a nifty chip and earn his fourth goal of the season. On occasion those throughballs in the middle did not connect. Once they even put Martins and Neagle into each other. The two would discuss how to get better at half. The two goal lead was not enough for the attack of Seattle.

No other goals would be put in by either side. The second half was fairly even in play with neither the Goats nor Sounders taking charge. Being up two-nil already meant Seattle could sit back, particularly after losing Osvaldo Alonso to an injury in the 21st minute and going down a man for the final twenty minutes or so of play.

Despite losing two of their top players the Sounders would not fall. They did exactly what dominant sides should - win. The pressure was immense. Chivas USA attempted 132 passes while up a man, completing 111. That passing dominance only resulted in three attempts on goal.

Michael Gspurning and his backline would weather the storm and continue their strong defense on the year. It may not be the best performance for Sigi Schmid's side, but it was enough.

The questions going into the next match are immense, but looking back on this ninety minutes one can not help but be pleased by the Sounders' performance.

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